All About Peaches

Sweet, juicy, eat-’em-over-the-sink peaches — they’re nature’s reward for enduring the summer’s heat. And they’re worth the wait! Here are the peachy facts on the ultimate summer fruit, including how to choose and store peaches, and some delicious recipes to use them up.

How to Eat Garden to Table

Eat fresh from your own backyard! The words “garden fresh” appear on food labels and menus for a reason: There’s nothing more appealing than the idea that the produce you eat (and feed your family) was just picked from your garden. Here's how to put your (or someone else's) garden to good use in the kitchen.

The 10 Best Apples for Baking

Don't leave your apple selection to chance for your next baking adventure. Here are the 10 best apples for baking, sure to hold up to the heat of your oven.


Splash-Free Cherry Pitting

When pitting cherries with a handheld pitter, the juice usually splatters everywhere— especially on your apron and clothes, potentially staining them. Here's a less-mess way to pit cherries.

How to Roast Cherry Tomatoes

Grape tomatoes are expensive, so if they’re a little past their prime (a bit wrinkled), don’t throw them away — roast them. Here's an easy way to do it.

How to Cut a Pineapple

Pineapple is one of the more difficult fruits to cut, because it's large, has a spiky skin and those prickly "eyes" inside the fruit once you've cut it. Here’s a way to peel pineapple with as little waste as possible and get the added bonus of decorative slices.

How to Keep Berries from Sinking in Muffins

Banish those heavy-bottomed, soggy blueberry muffins for good with this simple trick to keep berries from sinking in muffins.

An Easy Way to Test Avocados for Ripeness

Ever cut into an avocado that felt ripe to the touch, only to discover that it wasn’t? Here’s an easy way to test your avocado for ripeness without cutting up the fruit.

How to Freeze Bananas—For Smoothies & Baking

Don't toss those overripe bananas! Throw them in the freezer instead so you always have ripe bananas on hand for baking or smoothies. Use this simple tip for a less-mess, faster way to freeze and thaw bananas.

How to Juice Key Limes

Use this helpful tip for how to juice key limes next time you plan to make a pie! Key limes are smaller in size and firmer than regular limes, making them harder to juice, but not any longer with this helpful kitchen tip.

Hulling Strawberries

How to Prevent Apples From Browning

Prevent cut apples from turning brown with this simple tip.

Healthy Popsicles

With this simple tip, have healthy treats on hand at all times for when your sweet tooth hits!

How to Make Candied Cranberries

Candied cranberries make a festive garnish to holiday dishes this time of year. Best of all, it's simple to do!

How To Seed Squash

Seeding squash can be a messy task. Not anymore with this quick tip that uses a unique kitchen tool.


Learn All About Indirect Grilling

What is indirect grilling? It's bascially a technique that turns your grill into an outdoor oven so you can cook big items, like whole chickens, pork loins, pizzas, etc. So the next time you fire up the grill, follow these four simple steps, and take the indirect route to perfectly cooked meats, vegetables, and more.


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Rhubarb Cobbler with raspberries

Strawberry-rhubarb is a classic combination, but why not try something slightly different this year? Rhubarb Cobbler with raspberries is easy and sweet-tart satisfying, with a smattering of almond to sweeten the deal.

Bananas Foster Mille-Feuille

Stun your sweetheart with a sweet stack of Bananas Foster Mille-Feuille. Traditionally, mille-feuille is made with layers of puff pastry and pastry cream. Our spin incorporates layers of phyllo with bananas foster-inspired filling for a flaky, caramel-y, spectacular grand finale.

Zabaglione with strawberries

What’s date night without dessert? Zabaglione with Strawberries is heavenly. Zabaglione [zah-bahl- YOH-nay] is an Italian dessert consisting of whipping egg yolks, sugar, and Marsala over simmering water. Serve the custard warm, right after making it, or make it ahead and serve it chilled.

Phyllo Tartlets with modern mincemeat

Pre-made phyllo shells are a good introduction to what phyllo is about. Phyllo Tartlets with modern mincemeat (fruit, spices and nuts — no actual meat here) strike a balance between easy and fancy, novel and traditional. Make the mincemeat filling a day or two ahead, then the tarts are quick to bake and assemble before your holiday gathering.

Apple Tart with frangipane

What do you get when apples, almonds, and a tender crust combine? An out-of-this-world Apple Tart. And don’t fret, we’re here to walk you through the process, step-by-step.

The cookie-like crust comes together quickly in the food processor. One tiny tip: chill the dough after mixing and before parbaking. It will roll out more easily and won’t be as apt to sink down the sides of the pan when baking. And if the crust breaks when placing it into the pan, simply patch it …

Black & Blue Mango Crostata

Behold the Black & Blue Mango Crostata. Is it a pie or a tart? Would you believe us if we said it’s kind of a simplified version of both? Read on as we break it down a little further for you.

A crostata [kroh-sta-TAH] is an Italian free-form pastry that is baked on a baking sheet or stone instead of inside a pie plate or tart pan. Did we confuse you yet? In plain terms, roll the dough out flat, pile the filling (typically fruit) into the center of the dough, then fold the dough up…

Peach & Blackberry Freezer Dessert

Chill out this summer by indulging in a Peach & Blackberry Freezer Dessert. Icebox desserts are not only easy, they’re layered with flavor (at least this one is!). And when there’s no baking needed, the house stays cool and so do you.

The secret here, as mentioned, is in the layers. Shortbread cookies are firm and crunchy and hold up after freezing without turning to mush. Topping the cookies with peach fluff — fresh peaches folded into whipped mascarpone, cream cheese, and heavy …

Homemade Blackberry Jam

Chambord is a delicious addition to this Homemade Blackberry Jam, but it’s pricey and you may not have it on hand. Some other options are ruby port, crème de cassis, or you can simply leave it out.

Lemon & Blueberry Buttermilk Loaf Cake with blueberry coulis

This bright and light Lemon & Blueberry Buttermilk Loaf Cake with blueberry coulis relies on blueberries’ natural affinity with lemon.

Sunshine Salad

With fresh fruit, spring greens, avocado and mint, this bright and colorful salad is like spring sunshine in a bowl.

Cheesecake Soufflés with raspberry sauce

These guilt-free Cheesecake Soufflés with raspberry sauce are every bit as wonderful as the cheesecake you know and love.

Banana Cream Pie with caramel-banana jam

Who's ready for the world's most decadent and luscious Banana Cream Pie?! From the crust to the filling, jam, and whipped topping — each layer of this phenomenal pie is bursting with sweet banana flavor. Time to split, we’ve got a pie to make!